For Healthcare Professionals and Educators

The following resources can be used to educate students and parents about meningococcal disease and its prevention. Information about all routinely recommended adolescent vaccines is also featured in many of these resources.


Informational Fliers and Posters

These fliers and posters provide information for parent and teen audiences about meningococcal disease and adolescent vaccination. They can be sent electronically or printed for display or distribution.

Fliers: Adolescent Vaccination Information for Parents
Brief information about routine adolescent vaccinations as well as a vaccination record keeper:

Flier: Stay on Track: Adolescent Vaccination Information for Teens
NMA advocate and meningococcal disease survivor Amy Purdy encourages teens to stay on track by learning more about the vaccines that are recommended for them, including the meningococcal booster. Today, Amy is a three-time world cup gold medalist and ranked top in the world for adaptive snowboarding:

Poster: Meningitis: Knowing the Symptoms Can Save Lives
A poster with teen-oriented illustrations depicting some of the common symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Poster: Meningococcal Disease: Two Most Common Manifestations and Their Symptoms
An illustration outlining the signs and symptoms of the two most common forms of meningococcal disease: meningitis and meningococcemia.

Adolescent Vaccination Presentation and Discussion Guide for Health Teachers

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Designed to lead a discussion with students in grades 7-9 during one class period with the following objectives:

  • Educate students about what vaccines are and what they do
  • Provide students with an understanding of why vaccines are important for their health and for community health

Topics include:

  • What are infectious diseases?
  • What does the immune system do?
  • How do vaccines work?
  • How have vaccines helped change individual and community health through disease reduction/eradication?
  • Are there vaccines for adolescents and adults or are they just for babies?
  • What happens in a community when not enough people are vaccinated?

NMA’s informational fliers can be used as handouts for students to take home to parents.


Video and Educational Toolkit for Teachers: “Getting It: A Disease, A Vaccine.”

This toolkit is designed to help teachers or others educate school communities and parents about the dangers of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention. It includes a 25-minute educational video, narrated by Glenn Close, that features the stories of meningococcal disease survivors and families affected by the disease. The companion lesson plan includes a fact sheet, quiz and parent letter.

For more stories of individuals and families affected by meningococcal disease click here.


Tripod Educational Toolkit for Teachers of Young Children

Featuring materials with animated characters that can help younger children (ages 4-8) identify the symptoms of meningitis and stay healthy: